Due to the current corona pandemic, the possibilties to meet in person have been significantly reduced in 2020. This is especially vaild for international travel activities. For this reason, the International Development Evaluation Training (IPDET) couldn’t take place as a summer school throughout July in Bern the way it used to, but was rather designed as a series of three different events.
CEval was strongly involved in this decision. The IPDET Evaluation Hackathon already took place in July- the first one known to us, which is dedicated to challenges in the Evaluation sector. More than 140 participants all around the world grouped themselves in 33 teams to develop a ‚prototype’ of a solution approach within one week. These solution approaches can be viewed here: https://ipdet.org/online-program-2020/ipdet-evaluation-hackathon/.
The support during the developing process through daily Design-Thinking sessions has been well received and the Speed-Networking Sessions have also found a large audience. Four winning teams have been selected by judges and were chosen in the Awarding Session.
The exciting moments can be viewed here: https://ipdet.org/mini-series-2/
The second IPDET format was a series of seven events called "Miniseries". CEval contributed to two of these events. In Miniseries 4 "The Evaluation GLOBE: Has Evaluation failed?" organized and moderated by Wolfgang Meyer; Maria Bostelo (UCM), Claudia Maldonado (CIDE) and Reinhard Stockmann discussed the differences and similarities of the institutionalization of evaluation in Europe and America. In the foreground were the results of the CEval project Evaluation GLOBE, which were presented by Reinhard Stockmann and commented on by Maria Bostelo from a European and Claudia Maldonado from a Latin American perspective. The discussion focused in particular on the question of why the existing institutions of evaluation during the COVID-19 crisis have so far been of little importance and why evaluations are not used more widely. This topic was even more in the focus of the next miniseries 5 "Evaluation is valuable as never before! An introduction to the usefulness of evaluation in the verge of Covid-19", organized and moderated by Jos Vaessen (IEG). Here Reinhard Stockmann discussed with Bassirou Chitou (Prairie International Consulting) and Albert Tuyishime (Rwanda Biomedical Centre) the use of evaluation results in political decision-making processes and what can be done to be better prepared for times of crisis such as the current pandemic. The presentations and discussions of the miniseries were recorded and can be viewed free of charge at https://ipdet.org/online-program-2020/mini-series/.
For the third type of event, IPDET offered one-week workshops this year, in which up to 25 people were allowed to participate. CEval performed two workshops
In the second week of the workshop at the end of September, Wolfgang Meyer's course "Monitoring and Evaluating the SDGs: challenges and proposed solutions" took place. The main focus was on the question of what an appropriate monitoring and evaluation system for SDGs should look like and how it can be developed at national level. It addressed the question of systemic thinking, the monitoring of transition processes and the problem of evaluating the suitability of stakeholder inclusion processes using selected case studies.
Didactically the course followed a modern concept of e-learning, which was primarily controlled by the students and the inputs of the instructor could be used independently on the learning platform for a longer period of time. The actual course week consisted of practical exercises in self-organized group work, which were actively accompanied by the course instructors.
Stefan Silvestrini's course "On Meta-Evaluation, or: how to evaluate evaluations - approaches, methods and findings" was offered at the end of October in the fourth week of the workshop. The aim of the course, which was primarily aimed at those commissioning evaluations, was to enable participants to assess the methodological quality of evaluations and their results and to be able to design and implement meta-evaluations themselves. To this end, they were introduced to the subject area in a mix of technical inputs and practical work in small groups: from the development of an analysis grid, to its application in data collection, to the synthesis of results. By using evaluation examples from the participants themselves, a maximum of practical relevance was ensured.
Overall, the virtual IPDET event program was very well attended and evaluated. This also applies to the event with CEval participation. Both workshops were fully booked and more than 100 people participated in each of the miniseries. In November the decision will be made whether IPDET 2021 can take place as a summer school as usual and in what form the virtual program will be continued.